Story by GTR Newspapers:

Bixby City Council voted to hold an April 5, 2011 election to seek voter approval of a proposed $10 million General Obligation (G.O.) bond issue. The bond issue is designed to improve streets, parks and public safety in Bixby, without raising taxes. Passage would allow the City to continue progress on several fronts to provide for the growth of our community and positively impact local quality of life, officials say.

“Bixby voters, by an overwhelming margin, approved a $20 million G.O. bond in 2006, and have seen the positive impact local infrastructure investments make”, Mayor Ray Bowen says. “Council members have since received many requests from citizens to continue the progress, and this April 5th election will provide us the means to do so. I urge people to mark their calendars now to remind themselves to go to the polls in April and do their part to help make it possible.”

Voter approval would result in $4 million in new funds being allocated for critical transportation projects, $4.9 million for park improvements and $1.1 million for public safety projects. Voters will also be asked to reauthorize use of nearly $1 million in previously approved funds, to help complete a road improvement project on Riverview Drive, a key Bixby school corridor.

The Council action comes on the heels of a City-led public outreach effort and well-attended town hall meeting held Jan. 18 during which City officials presented the status of the various 2006 bond issue projects, demonstrating 95 percent as being either completed or now underway. Officials also explained the additional improvements to be funded by the proposed 2011 bond and listened to comments and answered questions from various citizens and representatives of local user groups. Comments received were overwhelmingly favorable towards the new bond issue.

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